The Laws of Prayer
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שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Prayer in the Vernacular and Personal Requests During the Shemoneh Esrei This year, we will continue of discussion of tefilla, focusing on the structure of the Shemone Esrei, as well as the Chazarat Ha-Shatz, the Birkat Kohanim, Tefillat Mincha and Tefillat Aravit.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Washing Hands upon Waking and before Prayer
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Structure of Shemoneh Esrei This week, we will attempt to understand the structure of Shemoneh Esrei, and the relationship between the various berakhot (blessings).
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkot Ha-shachar Birkot Ha-shachar
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Alternatives to the Shemoneh Esrei Are there times in which one may fulfill tefillat Shemoneh Esrei in a different format?
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Blessings over the Torah (1) One of the first berakhot we recite each morning is birkat ha-Torah – the blessing over the Torah. Chazal, in numerous places, stress the importance of birkat ha-Torah.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Insertions for Shemoneh Esrei (1) This week, we will begin our study of the various insertions added to Shemoneh Esrei.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkot Ha-Torah (2) This week, we will continue our discussion of the nature of Birkot Ha-torah, addressing numerous practical questions.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Insertions for Shemoneh Esrei (2) This week, we will study the laws of Ve-ten Tal, which the Talmud calls "she'elat geshamim," the petition for rain, inserted into the ninth blessing of the Shemoneh Esrei, Birkat Ha-shanim (the Blessing of the Years).
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Korbanot and Pesukei De-zimra (1)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Insertions and Shemoneh Esrei (3) This week, we will address whether one who omits Ve-ten Tal must repeat Shemoneh Esrei, and we will analyze its relationship to the tefilla as a whole.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Pesukei De-zimra (2)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Concluding Shemoneh Esrei This week, we will finish our study of the silent Shemoneh Esrei, as we study the laws of its conclusion.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Keriat Shema (1)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Repetition of the Shemoneh Esrei (1) The Gemara (Rosh Ha-shana 34b) explains that after the silent Amida, recited by everyone individually, the shaliach tzibbur (often referred to by the acronym shatz) must recite aloud a repetition (chazara) of it, in order to fulfill the obligation for those unable to recite the Amida themselves.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkot Keriat Shema (1)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Repetition of Shemoneh Esrei (Part II) Last week, we opened our discussion of the rabbinic institution of Chazarat Ha-shatz the repetition by the cantor (sheliach tzibbur, abbreviated shatz) of the Shemoneh Esrei on behalf of the tzibbur (congregation).
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkot Keriat Shema (2): Semikhat Ge'ula Le-tefilla
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Repetition of Shemoneh Esreh Part III This week, we will conclude our discussion of Chazarat Ha-shatz, exploring if and when the repetition may be abridged or omitted.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkot Keriat Shema: Interruptions (1)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Kedusha (Part I) This week, we will begin our study of Kedusha, the centerpiece of Chazarat Ha-shatz. We will attempt to understand its meaning and role in Shemoneh Esreh, and we will discuss some practical dilemmas relating to Kedusha.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkot Keriyat Shema: Interruptions (2)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Kedusha (Part II) This week, we will investigate a fascinating question raised by the Rishonim regarding Kedusha.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky The Proper Times of Keriyat Shema and its Berakhot
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing (Part I) This week, we will begin our study of Birkat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing recited before the final berakha of the repetition.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Kavana During Keriyat Shema
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing Part II This week, we will begin to study the laws of Birkat Kohanim, beginning with how and when a kohen fulfills or violates this mitzva of Birkat Kohanim, as well as the preparations for the priestly blessing.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Keriyat Shema - Problematic Situations and Places (1)
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Birkat Kohanim - The Priestly Blessing Part III This week, we will begin our discussion of the laws of the blessing itself and the interaction between the kohanim, the chazzan (prayer leader, also known as the sheliach tzibbur or shatz) and the congregation.
שיעורי טקסט Rav David Brofsky Keriyat Shema- Problematic Situations and Places (2)

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